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    I have a question for how to correctly code a MRI Guided Arthrogram LT Shoulder

    23350 Arthrogram, 73222 contrast materials, and 77021 MRI guidance?

    Other than LT, are there any other modifiers needed?

    Thanks in advance,
    Tricia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbergen777 View Post
    I have a question for how to correctly code a MRI Guided Arthrogram LT Shoulder

    23350 Arthrogram, 73222 contrast materials, and 77021 MRI guidance?

    Other than LT, are there any other modifiers needed?

    Thanks in advance,
    Tricia
    If an MRI guided injection of contrast into the shoulder joint was done followed by MR with contrast, then the only other modifier you might need is 26 on the 2 70000 codes if you are billing for a physician who did this at the hospital. There are no CCI edits for these codes.
    Was the injection really done under MR guidance? or fluoro? I'm a little leery about coding both 77021 and 73222. I would tend more toward NOT coding 77021.
    Other opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajrichmond View Post
    If an MRI guided injection of contrast into the shoulder joint was done followed by MR with contrast, then the only other modifier you might need is 26 on the 2 70000 codes if you are billing for a physician who did this at the hospital. There are no CCI edits for these codes.
    Was the injection really done under MR guidance? or fluoro? I'm a little leery about coding both 77021 and 73222. I would tend more toward NOT coding 77021.
    Other opinions?
    It was not done under fluoro, the report read MR Guidance. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbergen777 View Post
    It was not done under fluoro, the report read MR Guidance. Thanks!


    Dr Z's materials from last september (webinar) conveniently skipped/omitted this scenario...hmmm

    23350 is certainly correct and as of now, billing for an MRI guided (77021) MRI of the shoulder (73222) is permitted but it seems odd to me as well. Don't be surprised if this changes later this year.

    HTH
    Danny L. Peoples
    CIRCC,CPC

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